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UK Zionist Historian Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015) Variously Ignored Or Minimized WW2 Bengali Holocaust

By Dr Gideon Polya 

19 February, 2015

British Zionist Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015) was an eminent UK historian in the areas of Jewish history, Zionism, Churchill, WW1, WW2 and 20th century history. He was one of very few UK historians who actually mentioned the 1943-1945  Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million Indians killed by Churchill ) but must be criticized for hugely under-estimating  this atrocity, excusing the British, eliminating any mention of this from his histories of Churchill, ignoring other holocausts and grossly exaggerating deaths in the WW2 Jewish Holocaust.  

British Zionist historian Professor Sir Martin Gilbert wrote millions of words and published over 80  books [1] but some of his assertions need exposure and critical  comment, especially because they have helped generate and expand the nuclear terrorist, genocidally racist, racist Zionist-run, Anglo-American  Crusader Fortress of  democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel. One notes the appropriateness of the ISRAEL anagram e-LIARS.

1. Gilbert promulgated the Exodus from Egypt, Promised Land, Nile-to-Euphrates Kingdom of David and Solomon, and Exile from Palestine Zionist myths.

In his meticulously  researched “Jewish History Atlas” [2] Gilbert  promulgated the Jewish myths of the Exodus from Egypt, the entry to the Promised Land, a nearly Nile-to-Euphrates Kingdom of David and Solomon, and the Exile of the Jews from Palestine under the Romans. In contrast, other historians, notably Jewish Israeli historian Shlomo Sand in his book “The Invention of the Jewish People” [3], point to the absence of documentary  evidence (apart from the Holy Bible) for the Exodus (no mention in the huge Ancient Egyptian records) , the Kingdom  of David and Solomon  (at most a small area around the Hebrew-conquered and ethnically cleansed city of Jerusalem) and a large-scale Exile ( the Romans obviously took thousands of rebel prisoners but did not have railways and cattle trucks and left millions of Jewish Palestinians  to keep on doing business and paying taxes). Indeed the genetic and cultural descendants of Jewish Palestinians  of the time  of Christ are the horribly persecuted Indigenous Palestinians (their forebears having mostly variously converted to Christianity or Islam)  whereas most Jewish Israelis descend from Yemeni, Berber and Khazar converts to Judaism. Indeed recent genetic research has shown that Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish maternal  lineages have substantial prehistoric European ancestry  and nothing to do with Palestine  [4].  

2. Gilbert admitted 20 “other Zion” plans world-wide for Jewish colonization and  the British imperialist origin of handing  Palestine to Zionist colonizers but omitted colonization of NW Australia.

On page 95 of his “Jewish History Atlas” [2] Gilbert summarizes  20 schemes for Jewish colonization of  other countries around the world but notably leaves out (21)   the Zionist plan to colonize and ethnically cleanse Palestine and (22) the anti-Zionist Freeland League plan for Jewish colonization of NW Australia that was vetoed in 1944 by Australian PM John Curtin on Australian Intelligence advice,  possibly after the UK Churchill War Cabinet had agreed to partition Palestine) [5-7].  Since there are about twice as many Australians (24 million) as Palestinians (12 million) today,  if Australians  had suffered the same fate as Palestinians one can simply multiply the latter impositions by 2 to estimate (1) 90% of Australia ethnically cleansed of Australians, (2) 12 million Australians  forbidden to step foot anywhere in Australia on pain of being shot (although Jews from around the world could get citizenship of an Apartheid Australia), (3) 8.6 million Australians confined without  any human rights  to tiny, military-guarded Bantustan-style ghettoes or to the world's biggest concentration camp (policed  not by guards with small arms as in Nazi Germany but by navy, army and air force shelling, rocketing and bombing),(4) 3.4 million “lucky” Australians permitted to vote for the government ruling  all of Australia, albeit as Third Class citizens under threat of ethnic cleansing (but 20.6 million Australians excluded from voting ), (5) 10,000 Australians killed by violence or violently–imposed deprivation each year, and (6) Australia declared to be a Jewish state with 12 million non-Jewish Australians living in Australia as citizens albeit as Third Class subjects under threat of complete ethnic cleansing. Martin Gilbert in his book  “First World War 1” (p373) states that the 1917 British Balfour Declaration (that established Palestine as a “Jewish Homeland”, albeit with subsequently grossly ignored caveats of no harm or Arabs or Jews) [8] was issued in an attempt to get Zionist support for continued Russian involvement in WW1 [9].

3.  Gilbert helped falsely popularise the WW2 Jewish Holocaust as “The Holocaust”, thus denying all other holocausts.

Zionist historian Professor Sir Martin Gilbert has helped popularize the immense Zionist untruth that identifies the WW2 Shoa or Jewish Genocide (5-6 million Jews killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation, according to Professor Gilbert) as The  Holocaust (e.g. Martin Gilbert's “Atlas of the Holocaust” [10]) and hence implying that there have been no others, whereas the awful reality is that it was a part of the WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed). Further, 40 million Chinese died in a WW2 Chinese Holocaust under Japanese occupation in 1937-1945 [11], and 6-7 million  Indians died in the WW2 Bengali Holocaust under the British with Australian complicity [11-21]. Indeed N.G. Jog's 1944 book “Churchill's Blind Spot: India ” in referring to this Bengali Holocaust was the first to refer to a WW2 atrocity as a “holocaust” [21].   

Further,  17 million people die avoidably each year  from deprivation and deprivation–exacerbated disease in a continuing Global Avoidable Mortality  Holocaust that has taken 1.3 billion lives since 1950 including 0.6 million Muslims lives [11] in a continuing post-1945 Muslim Holocaust that includes 12 million Muslim deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation in the post-1990 Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide [22].  Indeed Martin Gilbert supported  UK and US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan  that have been associated with deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation totalling 4.6 million and 5.5 million, respectively [23, 24], and of course as a Zionist  supported Apartheid Israel that has been responsible for a Palestinian Genocide (ethnic cleansing  of 90% of Palestine and  2 million Palestinian deaths from violence, 0.1 million,  or violently-imposed deprivation, 1.9 million, since 1936) [25-27].

4. Gilbert minimized the magnitude of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust.

In the 1942-1945 WW2 Bengali Holocaust  the British deliberately  starved 6-7 million Indians to death with Australian complicity (Australia was complicit by withholding  food from its huge wartime grain stocks) [12, 13]. However several generations of Western Mainstream journalists, editors, politicians and  academics have  ensured that this is a “forgotten holocaust” [13].    Martin Gilbert must be praised for at least referring  (albeit very briefly) to “1.5 million”  Bengal Famine victims in at least 3 books, namely  “British History Atlas”[28], “The Day  the War Ended. VE-Day 1945 in Europe and Around the World” [29] and “A History of the Twentieth Century. Volume Two 1933-1951” [30].

5. Gilbert made no mention of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in his biographies of Churchill. 

It is remarkable then that Sir Martin Gilbert, the world's top expert on Churchill, should have not  included in 2 of his key books on Churchill any mention of Churchill's WW2 Bengali Holocaust – a holocaust greater in terms of victims (6-7 million dead)  than the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, with 1 in 6 dying from deprivation, according to Martin Gilbert [2, 10]). Thus, to the best of my ascertainment, there is no mention of Churchill's WW2 Bengal Famine atrocity in the following books by Martin Gilbert about Churchill, namely  “In Search of Churchill. A historians Journey” [31]  and  “Churchill. A Life” [32]. Just as Winston Churchill totally ignored the Bengali Holocaust (and the 6-7 million people he deliberately murdered) in his 6-volume work “The Second World War” [33] for which in part he got the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature [34]. Professor Sir Martin Gilbert also ignored the Bengali Holocaust in his 2 “definitive” histories of Winston Churchill. Just imagine a biography of Adolph Hitler that made no mention of the WW2 Jewish Holocaust or indeed of his other atrocities, most notably the 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed by the Nazis in WW2.

6. Gilbert excused the British perpetrators of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust.

Martin Gilbert in his book “A History of the Twentieth Century. Volume Two 1933-1951” [30] that is remarkable and praiseworthy in British historiography for actually mentioning the Bengal Famine, stated  [my corrections in square brackets]: “In the summer of 1943, as supplies of rice ran out [incorrect], famine spread through Bengal. Its ravages were savage and swift. The poor, and villagers in the remoter regions were its main victims [people starved in Calcutta], not only in Bengal, but in neighboring Orissa and distant Malabar. Within a few months, as many as 1,500,000 Indians had died [6-7 million died, 1943-1945]. The Bengal Famine was one of the worst famines of the century [p522]…Between 1939 and 1945 disease and hunger had taken their toll, with war conditions making it much harder to organize alleviation. In Bengal, a million and half Indians died of starvation [6-7 million died in Bengal, Assam and Orissa] [p725]” [30].

The Churchill Centre says that it sought comment and obtained the following comment  from Professor Sir Martin Gilbert: “Churchill was not responsible for the Bengal Famine.  I have been searching for evidence for years: none has turned up. The 1944 Document volume of the official biography [Hillsdale College Press] will resolve this issue finally” [35]. Imagine leading historians  under-estimating the magnitude of the WW2 Jewish Holocaust by a factor of 3-4 and declaring that Adolph Hitler was not responsible.

7. Gilbert over-estimated WW2 Jewish Holocaust deaths to over 22 million (!) in one instance.

According to eminent Jewish British historian and WW1, WW2, and Churchill  expert Professor Sir Martin Gilbert 5-6 million Jews were killed in WW2 with 1 in 6 dying from deprivation [2, 10].  However there is considerable variability in Gilbert's estimates. Thus he estimates that 0.2 million Hungarian Jews perished out of a population of 0.7 million in his  1969 “Jewish History Atlas” [2] and in his 1982 “Atlas of the Holocaust” [10] but he claimed  0.4 million victims  in The Times 2005 [36].   

It gets worse. Professor Sir Martin Gilbert in his 1981 book, “Auschwitz and the Allies” [37] stated on page 26: “The deliberate attempt to destroy systematically all of Europe's Jews was unsuspected in the spring and early summer of 1942: the very period during which it was at its most intense, and during which hundreds of thousands of Jews were being gassed every day at Belzec, Chelmno, Sobibor and Treblinka”. If we assume that “hundreds of thousands” approximates to 200,000 and “spring and early summer” means 16 weeks or 112 days, then Professor Sir Martin Gilbert is asserting that in these 4 concentration camps alone in 16 weeks in 1942 a total of 0.2 million  per day x 112 days =  22.4 million Jews were murdered in gas chambers  in this less than 4 month period!

Thus the most eminent British historian of WW1, WW2, Churchill, Zionism and the WW2 Jewish Holocaust, Professor Sir Martin Gilbert, while (a) giving a hyperbolically absurd estimate of over 22 million deaths of Jews in 4 concentration camps in less than 4 months has (b) completely omitted any mention of the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust  (6-7 million Indians starved to death by the British with Australian complicity) from his histories of  Churchill while laudably mentioning the WW2 Bengal Famine elsewhere (albeit greatly underestimating  the deaths and excusing the British perpetrators).

8. Comparing Martin Gilbert and David Irving.

 UK historian of Germany and WW2, David Irving, who was sentenced to 3 years in an Austrian prison in 2005 for “Holocaust denial”, has attracted considerable hostility around the world for his historical revisionist views [38]. Thus David Irving during an interview with the Australian journalist Ron Casey on 27 July, 1995 estimated 4 million Jewish deaths from violence or deprivation in WW2: “I think, like any scientist, I'd have to give you a range of figures and I'd have to say a minimum of one million, which is a monstrous crime, and a maximum of about four million, depending on what you mean by killed. If putting people into a concentration camp where they die of barbarity and typhus and epidemics is killing, then I would say the four million figure, because, undoubtedly, huge numbers did die in the camps in the conditions that were very evident at the end of the war.” [39]

David Irving in an interview with Eric Silver in response to the question “how many Jews do you think did die?” (2000): “I'm quite satisfied that the shootings on the Eastern Front happened, that these probably reached a total victim figure of one million … [re  the Jews who died in concentration camps] We have to ask two infuriating questions. Who is a Jew? And what do you mean by died? I appreciate the criminality of being taken out of your home in Vienna or Budapest and sent to Auschwitz, where you died of typhus. But is that being killed, or is it dying?” [40]

However  one can legitimately compare David Irving's estimate of 4 million Jews dying in WW2 due to violence (1 million) or imposed deprivation (3 million) or 67% of the upper estimate of 6 million Jewish  deaths in the WW2 Jewish Holocaust [2, 10], with Professor Sir Martin Gilbert's estimate of 1.5 million Indians dying in the WW2 Bengal Famine, or 21% of the upper estimate of 7 million deaths by UK medical historian Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine , University College London)  [16]. 


Of course Zionist Martin Gilbert is not alone in his ignoring  in his Churchill biographies  of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust for which racist imperialist, warmonger and mass murderer pro-Zionist  Winston Churchill was responsible. In my book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British  History” [13] I catalogue numerous   histories that totally  ignore the WW2 Bengali Holocaust that has been assiduously  kept from public perception in the English-speaking  world by several generations of lying and racist historians.

History ignored yields history repeated and racist  Mainstream holocaust ignoring, holocaust minimizing  and genocide ignoring by the likes of Zionist historian Sir Martin Gilbert has allowed  atrocities such as  Palestinian  Genocide in which 90% of Palestine has been ethnically cleansed by the Zionist  invaders; 2 million Palestinian have been killed through  violence (0.1 million) or violently-imposed deprivation (1.9 million) since 1936 (i.e. in Martin Gilbert's own lifetime); and of 12 million Palestinians (half of them children) 6 million are prevented from even stepping foot in their own country, 4.3 million are  highly abusively confined without human rights to West Bank mini-Bantustan ghettoes (2.5 million) or the Gaza Concentration Camp (1.8 million) , and only 1.7 million (14%) as Israeli Palestinians are able to vote for the government ruling all of Palestine, albeit as Third  Class citizens under Nazi-style Apartheid laws.

It gets worse. Neocon American and Zionist  Imperialist  (NAZI)-perverted Mainstream journalists, editors, politicians and academics continue to ignore the horrendous realities of the ongoing Iraqi Genocide and Afghan Genocide (deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation 4.6 million and 5.5 million, respectively), the ongoing Muslim  Holocaust and Muslim Genocide (12 million Muslim deaths from deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation in the Zionist-backed post-1990 US War on Muslims), the ongoing Global Avoidable  Mortality Holocaust (17 million avoidable deaths annually on Spaceship Earth with the First World in charge of the flight deck), and a worsening Climate Genocide (5 million people already die each year from climate change , 0.5 million, or carbon burning , 4.5 million, but 10 billion people are set to perish this century  if man-made climate change is not requisitely addressed) [13, 41]. The late Martin Gilbert was a member of the UK Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War that has yet to hand down its report – Professor Sir Martin Gilbert may yet keep lying from the grave.

Peace is the only way but silence  kills and silence is complicity. History ignored yields history repeated. Please inform everyone you can.  


[1]. “Martin Gilbert”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Gilbert .

[2]. Martin Gilbert, “Jewish History Atlas” (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1969).

[3]. Shlomo Sand, “The Invention of the Jewish People” (Verso, London, 2009).

[4]. Marta D. Costa et al, “A substantial prehistoric European ancestry amongst Ashkenazi maternal lineages”, Nature, 2013: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/131008/ncomms3543/full/ncomms3543.html .


[5]. Leon Gettler , “An Unpromised Land" ( Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, Western Australia, 1993).

[6]. Gideon Polya, “Book review: “An Unpromised Land" by Leon Gettler” - How Australia escaped becoming Apartheid Israel”: https://sites.google.com/site/bookreviewsbydrgideonpolya/gettler-leon .

[7]. Gideon Polya, “Apartheid Australia backs racist Zionist run Apartheid Israel”, Countercurrents, 29 June, 2009: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290609.htm .

[8]. “Balfour Declaration”. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfour_Declaration .

[9] Martin Gilbert, “First World War 1” Harper Collins, UK, 1995).

[10]. Martin Gilbert “Atlas of the Holocaust”(Michael Joseph, London, 1982).

[11].  Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, this including an avoidable mortality-related history of every country since Neolithic times and now available for free perusal on the web: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/body-count-global-avoidable-mortality_05.html .

[12]. Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”,  Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm .

[13]. Gideon Polya, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, now available  for free perusal on the web: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/2008/09/jane-austen-and-black-hole-of-british.html  . 

[14]. Madhusree Muckerjee, “Churchill's Secret War. The British Empire and the ravaging of India during World War II” (Basic Books, New York, 2010).

[15]. Colin Mason, “A Short History of Asia . Stone Age to 2000AD” (Macmillan, 2000).

[16]. Bengal Famine, BBC radio broadcast series “The things we forgot to remember”, 2008: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/bengalfamine_programme.html .

[17]. Paul Greenough's “Prosperity and Misery in Modern Bengal: the Famine of 1943-1944” (Oxford University Press, 1982).

[18]. Thomas Keneally, “Three Famines” (Vintage House, Australia, 2011).

[19].  Cormac O Grada. “Famine a short history” (Princeton University  Press, 2009).

[20]. J. Dreze  and Amartya Sen “Hunger and Public Action” (Clarendon, Oxford, 1989).

[21]. N.G. Jog,  “Churchill's Blind Spot: India ” (New Book Company, Bombay, 1944).

[22]. “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ .

[23]. "Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide": https://sites.google.com/site/iraqiholocaustiraqigenocide/  .

[24]. "Afghan  Holocaust Afghan Genocide": https://sites.google.com/site/afghanholocaustafghangenocide/ .

[25]. “Palestinian Genocide” : https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/ .

[26]. William A. Cook, editor,   “The Plight of the Palestinians. A Long History of Destruction”, (Palgrave Macmillan, London , 2010).

[27]. Gideon Polya, “ Review: “The Plight Of The Palestinians. A Long History Of Destruction”,  Countercurrents, 17 June, 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya170612.htm .

[28]. Martin  Gilbert, “British History Atlas”(Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London , 1968).

[29].  Martin  Gilbert, “The Day  the War Ended. VE-Day 1945 in Europe and Around the World” (Harper Collins, London, 1995).  

[30].  Martin  Gilbert, “A History of the Twentieth Century. Volume Two 1933-1951” (William Morrow, New York , 1998).

[31]. Martin  Gilbert, “In Search of Churchill. A historian's Journey” (Harper & Collins, London, 1994).

[32].  Martin  Gilbert, “Churchill. A Life” ( Heinemann, London, 1991).

[33]. Winston Churchill, “The Second World War” (Cassell, London).

[34]. “Winston Churchill”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill .

[35]. Churchill Centre, “The Bengali Famine”, 18 November, 2008:  http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/in-the-media/churchill-in-the-news/575-the-bengali-famine .

[36]. Martin Gilbert “Could Britain have done more to stop the horrors of Auschwitz?”, Times Online, 27 January 2005:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article507013.ece .

[37]. Martin Gilbert, “Auschwitz and the Allies” (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981).

[38]. “David Irving”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Irving .

[39]. Richard J. Evans, “ David Irving, Hitler and holocaust denial”, Holocaust Denial on Trial: http://www.hdot.org/en/trial/defense/evans/340.html .

[40]. Eric Silver, “An interview with David Irving, Confronting Hitler's defender”, Action Report, 4 June 2000: http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/00/05/Silver.html .

[41]. “Climate Genocide”:  https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ .

Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/australian-complicity-in-iraq-mass-mortality/3369002#transcript

) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ). He has published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/social-economic-history/listen-the-bengal-famine ). When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/







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